The vegan pro | Kilometre 0
Adam Hansen of Lotto-Soudal follows a plant-based diet. Being lactose intolerant he cut out dairy products years ago and stopped eating meat a couple of seasons back. But is a meat-free diet compatible with the rigours of professional cycling?
We hear Hansen talk about his reasons for following a vegan diet, how he feels and whether it’s difficult to get the food he needs when he’s at a grand tour and his team doesn’t have its chef.
Sports nutritionist Nigel Mitchell, who works with the EF Education First team and is writing a book about plant-based diets for cyclists, thinks that more professional riders will cut meat from their diets for a host of reasons.
And while Hansen may be unusual in that he’s a vegan, the peloton has seen plenty of vegetarian riders in the past and in 2000 an entirely vegetarian team, Linda McCartney Foods, rode the Giro d’Italia without touching ‘even a slice of prosciutto’.
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